Veg CSA - Community Support Agriculture
So what is a CSA?
CSA or Community Supported Agriculture is a way for you to invest in and support a farm. It’s a great way to get involved and know where your food comes from!
How does it work?
You pay for the subscription up front which allows for the farmer to purchase supplies for the upcoming growing season. Once the gardens start growing and producing, you begin receiving weekly shares of fresh produce. The program runs for 12 weeks starting mid-July and running into September.
What does it look like?
Each week starting in July and running into September for 12 weeks, members pick up their share for their specified location. Each weekly share includes a selection of 7-9 seasonal items harvested fresh from our gardens (within 24-48 hours). Each weekly share is approximately $25-30 worth of produce.
What are the costs?
Below is the pricing structure, prices listed is the total price for the entire season, paid up front.
- Personal (1 person) $200
- Small (2-3 people) $400
- Large (4-6 people) $700
- Egg CSA (1 dozen eggs/week) $ 70
- Meat CSA (~$30 of assorted meat weekly) $350
How to Buy it?
Pick up locations:
CSA is not available for delivery, and can only be through pickups at the following locations:
- Wildwood – Wildwood Hotel on Tuesday from 10-1015am;
- Entwistle – Esso on Tuesday at 1045am;
- Wabamun – Pull out south of overpass on Tuesday at 11am;
- Spruce Grove – Tim Horton’s parking lot on Century Rd on Tuesday from 1145-1215pm;
- Edmonton – Strathearn at Strip mall on 95 ave and 87 St on Tuesday from 1-2pm;
- St.Albert – Black Diamond Distillery on Tuesday from 3-4pm;
- Edmonton – Westmount on 124 street (exact location TBD) on Tuesday from 5-6pm;
- Jasper at the Farmers’ Market on Wednesday from 11-3pm;
- Hinton - Freson Bros. Parking Lot on Wednesday from 530-6pm;
- Edson - Canadian Tire Parking Lot on Wednesday from 7pm; and
- St.Albert Farmers’ Market on Saturday from 10-3pm.
What is the risk?
With a CSA, you share the risk along with the farmer. We do our very best to reduce and mitigate this, but there are always uncontrollable factors such as weather, bugs and disease that we have to react to. This can include reduced shares due to crop failures or increased shares when the gardens are in abundance. Know that we, your farmers, strive to have a garden that is abundant and that when crop failures, etc. do happen, we are just or are more disappointed than you are.
We encourage people to come and visit the farm to see what we do and what it takes to raise and grow healthy, nutrient dense food. All we ask is that you contact us ahead of time to ensure we are there. We strongly believe in transparency of everything we do. For additional info and photos of what weekly shares.
Lessons learned from previous seasons:
Unfortunately, last year did not go the way as we had planned. We have spent much time reviewing what happened last year and possible ways we can try to mitigate or alleviate the severity of issues as they arise (because they still will happen). So, some of the things we will be implementing are:
- We are partnering with Young Agrarians to hire an apprentice for this spring and summer so we have someone on the farm tending to everything at all times;
- We will be installing drip line irrigation to ensure all areas of the garden are receiving regular and consistent water;
- Farmer Becky is halfway through completing her Permaculture Design Course, this will aid in connecting all our systems to create a more efficient and resilient farm;
- We are building a dedicated space for starting plants for transplanting;
- We are delving into creating spreadsheets to provide more detailed planning and harvesting schedules to ensure better and more consistent timing of planting and harvesting;
- We are adding in new tools to help with planting, weeding and harvesting;
- We are hoping to start adding cold frame structures over parts of our garden which will aid in capturing more heat and maintaining more consistent growing conditions for certain vegetables, as well as protect from hail, frost, etc.
We are dedicated to improving and bringing our best this year! This Farm is still relatively new to us, and there is much to learn from the land and environment around us. When we spoke with fellow neighbours that were born and raised here, they had said last year started as one of the wettest years (up to August) to one of the driest years (August onward).And growing on a larger scale brings its own unique challenges.